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The Brotherhood Without Banners
The Brotherhood Without Banners is an outlaw group formed by Lord Beric Dondarrion from the remnants of his host, sent by Ned Stark to execute Ser Gregor Clegane. Now they protect the smallfolk of the Riverlands from the high lords, whether Stark, Tully, or Lannister, but especially from the Lannister's scorched-earth tactics. As a consequence, the Brotherhood is considered a group of brigands.
- Adapted Out: Season 6 confirms that Lord Beric Dondarrion is still leading the Brotherhood, which confirms definitively that Lady Stoneheart is removed from the show.
- Adaptational Heroism: Since Lady Stoneheart does not take over from Lord Beric, the Brotherhood don't get Darker and Edgier and don't devolve into becoming Knight Templar. They treat the Hound ethically when he returns and refuse to torture and mutilate Lem Lemoncloak and other renegades, and offer them a clean death.
- Adaptational Villainy: However, the show's Brotherhood under Beric is depicted as shadier than they were in the books, selling Gendry to be sacrificed to Melisandre (where in the books Gendry actually joins the Brotherhood out of admiration), only being corrupted by Stoneheart's leadership after Beric's death.
- Boisterous Bruiser: An entire group of these.
- The Bus Came Back: With the return of the Seige Of Riverrun, in the latter half of Season 6, they have finally returned.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of Robin Hood's Merry Men. They do protect the poor (at least they try), but they do not steal from the rich to give to them, and they aren't above selling some poor bloke off for money to fund their fight.
- Demoted to Extra: The Siege of Riverrun plotline had seemingly been cut from the show and with it, the Brotherhood's role in the books beyond Arya's interaction with them.
- Everybody's Dead, Dave: By the time the Brotherhood gets to the Wall only Beric, Thoros and Sandor remain (or at least appear on-screen). After the Battle for the Dawn, Sandor is the only one left, meaning the entire original Brotherhood Without Banners is gone. Sandor himself dies in King's Landing in a Mutual Kill with Gregor Clegane, fittingly the man the Brotherhood was dispatched by Ned Stark to hunt down in the first place.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Beric and Thoros.
- La Résistance: They hate the Lannisters and continue opposing the Crown until Season 6, paying greater attention to the coming winter.
- Loveable Rogue: Imagine the Merry Men in Westeros. Occasionally, they are not as lovable, as when they give Gendry to Melisandre breaking a vow of protection. And when they actually confront him again, they are still unrepentant about it and yet remain as loveable as ever.
- The Oathbreaker: As far as Arya is concerned, they are all liars and traitors, because they broke their promises to Gendry. The Brotherhood for their part see Lem Lemoncloak as true oathbreakers and execute him and his colleagues.
- Pragmatic Hero: They've got more good-guy indicia than pretty much any other faction (even the Starks, who are ultimately self interested; see Robb's unilateral decision to give Harrenhal to Walder Frey), but they're willing to compromise their principles if it means being able to continue the fight (which, as Thoros repeatedly emphasizes, they need gold to do). In the end, as Arya herself realizes they die as heroes, playing a major part in saving the world from the Long Night, saving Arya Stark's life herself, and ultimately, via Sandor Clegane, fulfilling their original mission to bring Gregor Clegane to justice for his many crimes.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: They're competent enough to get by and become a pain in the arse for the Lannisters, but at the end of the day they aren't the decisive force fighting against them, and they lack the funding necessary.
- The Remnant:
- Of the host of Stark and Baratheon men send by Ned to execute the Mountain back in Season 1. They consider themselves bannermen loyal to the late King Robert, despite him being, well, late. They're one of the only anti-Lannister forces in central Westeros to survive after the Red Wedding, and really the only anti-Lannister force in central Westeros when they reappear in late Season 6 — when other anti-Lannister rebellions start up again, too. They all die before the final episode but not before saving the world, and killing Gregor Clegane, the task which they were appointed to do.
- They are more or less the only lasting legacy of Ned Stark's brief tenure as Hand of the King. The group formed by Eddard Stark to bring the Mountain and Tywin's men to justice for their rampage across the Riverlands, ended up becoming a group that endured multiple battles, dwindling supplies and funds, and ultimately played a major part in saving the world from the Long Night, as Trickster Mentor to Ned's daughter Arya, and finally, via Sandor, actually fulfilled Ned's directive to bring the Mountain to justice for his crimes.
- Small Role, Big Impact: The Brotherhood have very small amounts of screentime compared to other factions but they play a pivotal role in averting the Long Night. Their encounter with Arya, Gendry, Sandor, and Melisandre proves crucial in setting up the Night King's defeat. Thoros of Myr's repeated resurrections of Beric Dondarrion ultimately help him save the life of Arya Stark in the crucial moment that leads her to assassinate the Night King. They also play a major part in the Wight Hunt, which led to them realizing that the White Walkers were a Keystone Army.
- Wacky Wayside Tribe: More substantial than most, but the action has definitely moved away from them...until Season 6.
Lord Beric Dondarrion
Played By: David Michael Scott & Richard Dormer
Sandor: So, who will it be? Shall we find out if your fire god really loves you, priest? Or you, archer? What are you worth with a sword in your hand? Or is the little girl the bravest one here?
Dondarrion: Aye. She might be. But it's me you'll fight.
Lord of Blackhaven and head of House Dondarrion. Dondarrion is a Stormlord dispatched by Ned Stark to bring the King's Justice to Ser Gregor Clegane for his crimes. After the deaths of Stark and King Robert, Dondarrion formed the Brotherhood Without Banners, dedicated to protecting the smallfolk of the Riverlands from the war.
- Age Lift: In the books, he's supposed to be in his early twenties. Richard Dormer is clearly older. From the books... According to Richard Dormer, he's 26 years old.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the books, resurrection doesn't heal his wounds, so he looks quite gaunt, like a scarecrow version of the man he once was. When he appears in Season 6 alive and well, he doesn't seem to be in any worse shape, meaning he's managed to stay alive for the past three years.
- Adaptational Badass: Book Beric is pretty badass, but he never got to fight (and win) against a giant, undead polar bear, or fight an army of onrushing hundreds of undead and survive.
- The Anti-Nihilist: He admits fighting for people to live is pointless in the end because valar morghulis but that won't stop him from trying for as long as he can.Jon: So what are you fighting for?Beric: Life. Death is the enemy. The first enemy and the last.Jon: But we all die.Beric: The enemy always wins...and we still need to fight him. That's all I know.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Beric Dondarrion is a pretty cool name.
- Back from the Dead: Five times before he's reintroduced in Season 3, and a sixth onscreen.
- Badass Baritone: When played by Richard Dormer.
- Badass Beard: See the picture.
- Badass Boast:Beric: That's what we are: Ghosts. Waiting for you in the dark. You can't see us, but we see you. No matter whose cloak you wear — Lannister, Stark, Baratheon — you prey on the weak, the Brotherhood Without Banners will hunt you down.
- Because Destiny Says So: He views all as being part of the Lord's plan, so he tends to justify almost everything as part of his Will.
- Being Good Sucks: Beric Dondarrion is one of the few characters who decided to protect the common people for entirely altruistic reasons. This decision cost him his life (seven times), turned him into a fugitive of the law without any lands, and cost him most of his friends.
- Came Back Wrong: With each resurrection, this happens more so each time.
- Colonel Badass: Starts out as this, when Robert Baratheon is alive.
- Covered in Scars: His body is a patchwork of scars.
- The Conscience: Beric acquires a relationship with Sandor somewhat to this effect, where he keeps reminding Clegane of the greater good. Most notably giving him a purpose to fight the undead and snapping him out of his crippling fear during the climatic battle against the Night King.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Has only a brief appearance in the first season, is an important character in Season 3.
- Crucified Hero Shot: During the Great Battle of Winterfell, Beric holds back the advance of the undead in a corridor while striking this pose, fitting his religious motifs. This act costs him his life (for the final time).
- Damaged Soul: Every time he's resurrected he loses some memories of his life. Less so than in the books, where the experience has clearly traumatized him.
- Death Is Cheap: Because Thoros keeps resurrecting him, he puts himself in harm's way even more eagerly.
- Death Seeker: Confirmed in Beyond The Wall that he is looking for a meaningful way to die for the last time.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Ser Beric was always a capable fighter, but there's something special about him that allows Thoros to bring him back six times from death.
- Every Scar Has a Story: Recalls how he got them; one per death and resurrection, at least.
- Eyepatch of Power: Gained during his time on the Bus. He was stabbed through the eye by Lannister soldiers. It was his fifth death.
- Eye Patch After Time Skip: See the spoiler above.
- Face Death with Dignity: Quite literally. He describes his life philosophy to Jon Snow at one point, and he observes that what he fights for is life, and even though we all die in the end, we must fight for life anyway.
- Flaming Sword: He duels using one ignited by his own blood.
- Four-Star Badass: Practically a general for the Brotherhood. You gotta be one if you're charged with hunting down a massive Black Knight dubbed "The Mountain That Rides". He's also one of the more elegant fighters on the show, almost dancing as he fights Sandor Clegane. Only Jaime's got him beat, if only because we haven't actually seen Barristan Selmy fight yet. And the look on Sandor's face when Beric tells him he's the one who'll be fighting is telling, even before he pulls the flaming sword.
- For Great Justice: His primary goal has always been just to save how many people as he can.
- Go Out with a Smile: Beric Dondarrion isn't particularly afraid of death, in fact he seems almost amused by it after dying so many times. In his final demise, he briefly flashes a grin to Arya shortly before he expires.
- The Hero: Along with Thoros, Dondarrion is literally the few characters in Westeros who's actually altruistic. Though mildly subverted when they sell Gendry to Melisandre.
- Hero of Another Story: His story could probably be a show in itself but most of it happens offscreen.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Quite often wonders what the Lord of Light possibly sees in him, seeing himself as unworthy.Sandor: Beric Dondarrion. You've seen better days.Beric: And I won't see them again.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dies for the last, definitive time during the Battle of Winterfell protecting Arya and Sandor. Melisandre confirms this was the reason the Lord of Light kept bringing him back; to allow Arya to strike the final blow and put a final rest to the army of the dead.
- Heroic Vow: He has sworn to defend and protect those who cannot help themselves.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Him and Thoros of Myr are inseparable friends, enough that their friendship alone was seemingly enough to provide Thoros with the ability to resurrect Beric. He's visibly distressed when Thoros dies in Beyond the Wall, standing off by himself for some time while they burn his body.
- Humble Hero: Dondarrion doesn't see himself above anyone else and sees himself only as a servant of the Lord of Light.
- The Idealist: One of the few in Westeros. Beric believes that, ultimately, the Lord of Light is just, that the world is not devoid of goodness, and most of all, that in the end light will triumph over darkness.
- I Did What I Had to Do: When Beric and Thoros meet Gendry again during Jon Snow's wight hunt the two admit that they feel no regret in selling him to Melisandre since they needed the money to protect the country. Notably Sandor seems to agree with the sentiment and tells Gendry to stop whinging when the latter calls Beric and Thoros out on their actions.
- In Mysterious Ways: He admits knowing nothing about the Lord of Light's true intent, but he still follows it because he knows it to be righteous.
- Killed Off for Real: Dies for the final time after succumbing to multiple wounds during the Great Battle of Winterfell.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Subverted. He's a Knight who fights for the oppressed, but this behavior got him killed several times and sometimes forces him to commit some ambiguous actions (like selling out Gendry).
- The Man They Couldn't Hang: Note the rope marks around his neck. It turns out that the Lannisters actually did hang him, but Thoros brought him back.
- Master Swordsman: Of ability comparable to Sandor Clegane, who only managed to kill him because his sword broke. Before that, though, Dondarrion had a considerable psychological advantage by wielding a flaming sword against a pyrophobic enemy.
- Mundane Utility: He has the ability to summon a flaming longsword at will, and uses it not only for combat, but to cauterize wounds and as a makeshift torch.
- The Nothing After Death: When Melisandre asks him what it was like on "the other side", he says that he only ever sees darkness before he is revived. Though that may be because the Lord of Light isn't done with him.
- Not Afraid to Die: Sandor observes if the Night King kills him, he'll be dead for real. Beric's response is just to point out that after dying six times, he's more than ready to die.
- The Paladin: See The Hero, above.
- Purpose-Driven Immortality: It's implied whatever force is allowing him to come back to life, is because his task is not finished yet.
- Real Men Love Jesus: He has converted to the religion of the Lord of Light. And while he's not The Fundamentalist, he does consider himself a servant of the god.
- Rebel Leader: After King Robert and Lord Eddard die, the Brotherhood becomes a resistance movement against Lannister encroachment in the Riverlands. In the second season of the show, the first instinct of Lannister officers when the Tickler and Amory Lorch are murdered, is to suspect it to be the work of infiltrators from the Brotherhood.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Is very much alive in Season 6 of the show, whereas his book counterpart died permanently offscreen shortly after Arya last saw him.
- The Stoic: Has a grim and serious demeanor.
- Uncertain Doom: The final scene of Season 7 has him and Tormund unaccounted for when the Night King breaks through the Wall. Finally confirmed to have survived in the Season Eight trailer.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Sandor, to a slightly lesser extent than Thoros.
- We All Die Someday: As he points out, "the enemy" (death) always wins, but they must fight him nonetheless.
- We Help the Helpless: "You prey on the weak, the Brotherhood Without Banners will hunt you down." Unless the Lord of Light commands the opposite.
- World Half Full: He believes that for all the suffering in the world, it's still good and in the end the just ones will win.
- Younger Than They Look: According to his actor, Beric's 26 years old. The constant fighting and the six resurrections really did a number on him, given the fact he looks to be on his late 40's.
Thoros of Myr
Played By: Paul Kaye
A Red Priest of R'hllor and one of the leaders of the Brotherhood Without Banners. Has a flaming sword, and wears awesome red chain mail.
- The Alcoholic: What he became after he lost his faith.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy / Liquid Courage: His (borderline suicidal) decision to charge blindly and alone against the Greyjoy vanguard during the Siege of Pyke was apparently induced by a violent state of drunkenness.Jorah: I thought you were the bravest man I ever saw.Thoros: Just the drunkest.
- Badass Beard: See the picture.
- Badass Cape: Made out of red chain-mail.
- Badass Preacher: He lost his faith, but regained it eventually.
- Bald of Awesome: Manages to combine this and long hair.
- Blood Magic: Part of the power set of a Red Priest.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Being ludicrously badass and carousing are among his favorite activities.
- Composite Character: His introduction actually comes from Tom of Sevenstrings. Lampshaded on the show when Hot Pie hears him singing and wonders if he is a minstrel. Tom was really a minstrel; Thoros isn't.
- Crisis of Faith: Terrible thing for him to say but by the time he came to Westeros he didn't believe in the lord. After saying the funeral words, R'hllor returned his friend Beric back to life and Thoros' faith returned with him.
- Cultured Badass: He's fluent in High Valyrian. Of course, as a Red Priest, he'd have to be.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: His ability to revive the dead is seen as this by Melisandre, to the point that she believes it should be impossible. Not that it stops her from using it to revive Jon Snow.
- Deadpan SnarkerAnguy: Half the country's starving but look at [Hot Pie].
Thoros: Maybe he's the reason half the country's starving.
- Death by Adaptation: Killed in Season 7, still alive as of his last appearance in the books.
- Dies Wide Open: His comrades find him lying dead and half-frozen in the snow with his eyes open, having succumbed to his wounds during the night.
- Drunken Master: The time he charged first through the breach at the Siege of Pyke with his flaming sword, he was entirely drunk during that time, and doesn't even remember it. He's pleasantly surprised that Jorah tells him that he fought like a god and seemed like the bravest man Jorah knew.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Thoros used to get by on his impressive sword skills, and by igniting his sword presumably with wildfire. In the present day he can create fiery swords through Blood Magic and bring people back from the dead.
- Face Death with Dignity: He seems aware that he's likely to die beyond the Wall, but takes it in his characteristic stride.
- Flaming Sword: Jaime and Jory both fondly recall him wielding one at the siege of Pyke. By Season 3, he can create on with Blood Magic. From the Books...
- Going Native: Years spent doing missionary work for R'hillor at Westeros has led him adopting their manners of speech and customs, to the point that he has kind of forsaken the religious fanaticism associated with R'hillor worship.
- Good Counterpart: Of Melisandre. He's a Red Priest just like her, but he's also an extremely kind man who's dedicated his life to protecting the smallfolk of the Riverlands from the high lords, whether they be Stark, Tully, or Lannister.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a scar on his forehead, vaguely in the shape of a flame. It's possible that he carved it himself as a sign of his faith.
- Heal It with Booze: At one point when heavily wounded, Thoros just chugs drinks non-stop rather than seeking much treatment for his wound. In a twist of irony, it is probable that this actually led to his death from an otherwise survivable wound as alcohol decreases core body temperature and increases blood flow.
- The Heretic: Melisandre clearly seems to think his lack of strict adherence to his vows makes him one. Then again, she would!
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Beric are inseparable companions. It's notable that his friendship with Beric seems to have been one of the factors that gave him the capacity to resurrect him. Tellingly, Thoros's death is the only moment that Beric seems almost heartbroken.
- Hidden Depths:
- Behind the joking and drinking, Thoros is a skilled fighter — he was first into the combat at Pyke during the Greyjoy Rebellion.
- In "The Climb", he reveals his backstory. His faith gradually eroded over the years, and eventually stopped believing in gods. When Lord Beric died, he muttered the words of R'hllor just as funeral rites for his fallen friend. When Lord Beric came back, he now believes again.
- I Did What I Had to Do: When Beric and Thoros meet Gendry again during Jon Snow's wight hunt the two admit that they feel no regret in selling him to Melisandre since they needed the money to protect the country. Notably, Sandor seems to agree with the sentiment and tells Gendry to stop whinging when the latter calls Beric and Thoros out on their actions.
- The Lancer: To Dondarrion, who's the clearest leader of the Brotherhood, though he and Thoros actually share power pretty equally.
- Master Swordsman: He's a very able swordsman, and has quite the reputation for being a dangerous foe.
- Memetic Badass: In-universe, at least to those that took part in the Siege of Pyke.
- Nice Guy: Pretty rare for a soldier of Westeros, but he still counts, deadpan moments aside. It doesn't stop him from selling Gendry to Mellisandre, but he actually takes longer to convince than the others.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Despite being from Myr, he doesn't have a noticeable Essosi accent. He may have lost it after all the years he's spent in Westeros. From the books...
- One Degree of Separation: Seems to be familiar with just about everyone, so far. He even knew Gendry's old master, Tobho Mott, and recognized the captured Sandor Clegane by sight. He was also present when the bodies of Prince Aegon and Princess Rhaenys were displayed before the Iron Throne. And he even knows Melisandre. From the books...
- Reassigned to Antarctica: He came to Westeros with the impossible task of converting the drunkard, womanizing King Robert. At the time, Thoros himself was (by his own admission) a drunkard, a womanizer, and didn't even believe in the Lord of Light, so it's clear that it was not a reward.
- Red Is Heroic: He wears red mail.
- Remember the New Guy?: Retroactively made into this, since his part in the first book was cut out (save for a cryptic reference by Jaime).
- Sacrificial Lion: He is the only named member of the Wight Hunt to die from wounds caused by the undead. Notably, unlike most examples of this trope, he dies somewhat in relative peaceful circumstances rather than in a violent manner to establish the White Walkers' threat; refreshingly, this does nothing at all to make his death less powerful.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: After being badly wounded, the decidedly comedic Thoros dies in his sleep toward the end of Jon's wight-hunting expedition.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Sandor, moreso than Beric. After Clegane joins their ranks the two of them bicker and insult each other frequently but it is clear that they respect each other, as seen when Thoros helps Sandor to bury the dead father and daughter they discover in a house.
- What Did I Do Last Night?: Thoros was apparently so black-out drunk he had absolutely no recollection of fighting in the Siege of Pyke, during he which he charged headfirst into enemy lines and acquired a reputation of a Memetic Badass for it.
Played By: Philip McGinley
An extremely skilled archer serving with the Brotherhood, and Thoros' second in command.
- Archer Archetype: A master of archery in the Brotherhood. Sandor even refers to him dismissively as 'archer'.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Anguy is extremely sure of his abilities... but he has good reason to.
- Badass Boast: His aforementioned boast to Hot Pie about his archery skills, which are proven true a second later.
- Deadpan Snarker: He and Thoros have some fun back-and-forth.
- Demoted to Extra: Compared to his comrades, he hasn't appeared much or done anything even after their return in the series.
- Establishing Character Moment: Turning up with Thoros, obeying him and then giving a Badass Boast about his archery skills before proving that his boast is the truth.
- Friendly Sniper: Arya gets her first archery lessons in a long time from one of the best archers in the Seven Kingdoms
- Guile Hero: See above.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He scares Hot Pie by firing an arrow straight up in the air and claiming that it will land on Hot Pie's head if he doesn't move. After Hot Pie moves away, the audience learns that Anguy was not bluffing. (In the books, several core members of the Brotherhood were actually champions at the Hand's Tourney (from the middle of Season 1) — lampshading why they are such an effective fighting force despite their small numbers. Anguy won a continent-wide archery contest at the tourney — so he can state with evidence that he is one of the best living archers in Westeros.)
- The Lancer: To Thoros.
- Not Hyperbole: His Improbable Aiming Skills.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To the Hound.Anguy: You're one ugly fucker, and I'd rather not see you no more.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He is not seen when the Brotherhood reappears in Season 6. This may imply he either deserted or died offscreen at some point. In the books he explicitly leaves the Brotherhood; in the show he looked notably distraught and angry over the sale of Gendry in his last appearance, not even making eye contact with Thoros or Beric.
Played By: Johannes Haukur Johannesson
A member of the Brotherhood who wears a distinctive yellow cloak.
- Adaptational Villainy: The Lem of the books was one of the more brutal members of the Brotherhood, but he never stooped to murdering innocent civilians.
- Alliterative Name: Lem Lemoncloak.
- Beard of Evil: Has a great big beard and leads a massacre of a whole village.
- Faux Affably Evil: Smiles often and is polite enough to the villagers, but it's all an act.
- He Who Fights Monsters: He likely joined the Brotherhood out of a desire to protect the innocent, but now he's just as cruel as the Lannister forces.
- Iconic Item: His yellow cloak.
- Implied Death Threat: To Brother Ray and his followers. He comes through on it.
- Karmic Death: Gets hanged by the Hound, just the same as he did to Brother Ray in the last episode.
- Token Evil Teammate: For the Brotherhood. Only he and his cronies slaughtered the peasants and he is executed by the Brotherhood for it.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He gets only two scenes before being hanged.